You like noodles, right? I sure do. Especially soba noodles. And Kyoto's Honke Owariya is famous for its soba noodles. That, and being very, very old.

Honke Owariya was established in 1465. The restaurant started out making confectionery, but its noodles proved more popular. According to Deep Kyoto, Honke Owariya has been making soba for "only" the past three or four hundred years. Those with a sweet tooth will be happy to know that it still makes desserts.


"Soba" noodles are made with buckwheat flour and wheat flour. They can be eaten hot or cold, depending on the season. Japan Travel reports that the restaurant uses the "freshest" Kyoto spring well water to make its delicious soup broth.

This is the noodle restaurant that the Japanese imperial family eats at when it returns to Kyoto from Tokyo. Bowls of hot soba start at 756 yen. You can see the restaurant's menu in English right here.

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Honke Owariya Noodle Restaurant [Japan Travel]

Honke Owariya with Sean Lotman [Deep Kyoto]

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